Doctors without Borders, Government of Cameroon At War Over Treatment Of Alleged Separatists

Cameroon Society

International humanitarian Organization Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF, has responded to Cameroonian authorities over allegations of deliberate engagement in a clandestine operation to ex-filtrate and cover up terrorists in Manyu Division Southwest region of Cameroon.

“DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS STATEMENT ON NGUTI (SW CAMEROON) INCIDENT
December 27th 2021.
On Saturday night December 25th, 2021 the emergency call center of the humanitarian medical
organization Doctors Without Borders (or Médecins Sans Frontières – MSF) received a call
related to a wounded person in need of urgent assistance in the Tinto health area. One of our
ambulances managed to pick him up the next morning at Ashum area and given his severe
condition, he had to be transferred to Mutengene via Kumba for surgical attention.
As agreed and regularly done, MSF had contacted the local military authorities beforehand,
informed them about the transfer of a wounded patient to Mutengene and shared his age and
gender as requested. The ambulance was however stopped by Cameroonian security forces at
the Nguti check point and forced to return to Mamfe, where the patient had to be treated and
stabilized.
Since then, to avoid further incidents with our ambulances, we have been in touch with the
authorities to understand the reason for the miscommunication with this reference.
Regarding this incident and the allegations published in some media, MSF has to remind that:

Statement of Doctors Without Borders.

  1. In our work in Cameroon, and elsewhere in the world, MSF treats people based on medical
    need, regardless of their background or affiliations. This impartial and neutral medicalhumanitarian work is notably protected the Geneva Conventions, who specify that persons
    taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down
    their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other
    cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction
    founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria
  2. Hindering and obstructing our work put patients’ lives at risk.
    3.Allegations of complicity with any actor in a conflict puts patients and MSF staff in grave and
    immediate danger.
    4.We appeal everyone to be responsible in their statements and publications relating to our
    humanitarian action in the country. The spread of information that damages our reputation
    as a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization puts the lives of our teams
    and patients in an already very sensitive context in danger.
    We have been working in Cameroon since 1984. Today, we implement healthcare projects in the
    Far North, South West and in Yaoundé supporting access to healthcare in communities and
    hospitals, providing surgical care, malaria treatment, treatment for COVID-19 and health
    promotion. In 2020, we treated more than a million patients in Cameroon. In December 2020,
    MSF activities have been suspended by the authorities in the North-West region and we are still
    in dialogue with them in order to restart of our medical support. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
    has currently dispatched medical teams to Ekondo-Titi and Bakassi health districts in the
    Southwest region of Cameroon where a cholera epidemic has been raging.
    Contact email: msfe-cameroon-comofficer@barcelona.msf.org
    Tell: +237 67352897

The military press release in part states that DWB maintain close relations with the terrorists operating in the Southwest region and seemingly engaging just enough strategies to facilitate their bloodthirsty actions on the ground.

Press Release of Defense Ministry of Cameroon

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